UK Men's Basketball

Bucks send ex-Cat Lamb to D-League

Milwaukee Bucks' Doron Lamb, left, lays up as Minnesota Timberwolves' Luke Ridnour defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 95-85.
Milwaukee Bucks' Doron Lamb, left, lays up as Minnesota Timberwolves' Luke Ridnour defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 95-85. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Doron Lamb on Saturday became the third of the University of Kentucky's six 2012 NBA Draft picks to be sent to the minor leagues for more seasoning.

Lamb, a guard for the Milwaukee Bucks who was drafted in the second round, was assigned to the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Lamb reportedly practiced with the Bucks on Saturday but was scheduled to head to Fort Wayne on Sunday.

"It's an opportunity for him to play a bit," said new Bucks head coach Jim Boylan, who replaced Scott Skiles last week. "Practice is practice and working out is working out, but there's nothing like playing in a game. This is not a punishment by any means.

Boylan went on to tell the Journal-Sentinel that Lamb has shown great potential.

"We're excited about his future," Boylan said. "At the same time, there's really nowhere for him to play right now. A lot of teams are using this open enrollment for the D-League teams where you can send a guy down and bring him right back.

"There was a time you could only do it a couple times a year. Now it's unlimited. So everybody's taking advantage of it."

Lamb has played in 23 games this season and averaged 3.4 points in 12.2 minutes.

Lamb, the 42nd overall pick in last June's draft after two season at Kentucky, joins former Cats Terrence Jones and Darius Miller in the D-League.

Jones, who was drafted in the first round (No. 18) by the Houston Rockets, has been playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of McAllen, Texas.

Miller, who was picked in the second round (No. 46) by the New Orleans Hornets, is with the Iowa Energy of Des Moines.

Anthony Davis, who was picked No. 1 by New Orleans, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who went No. 2 to Charlotte, have not been demoted but have missed time with injuries. Marquis Teague, who was chosen with the second-to-last pick of the first round (No. 29), has spent the entire season with the Chicago Bulls.

Lamb said he is not discouraged.

"I'm going to go out there and get a lot of playing time and show them I'm ready to come back," Lamb told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "Just work hard."

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